Patriots Select Nine Players in NFL Draft, Including Offensive Tackle Nate Solder and Quarterback Ryan Mallett

Patriots Select Nine Players in NFL Draft, Including Offensive Tackle Nate Solder and Quarterback Ryan Mallett The NFL Draft is now in the rear-view mirror, and the Patriots raised a few eyebrows this year. In the first round, they went with a big offensive lineman, showing the concern they have about the futures of Logan Mankins and Matt Light.

The Patriots even went for a quarterback in the third round because, after all, Tom Brady can't play forever — although most Pats fans would love to think he could.

Here is a look at the complete list of the Patriots' selections from this year's draft.

Nate Solder: first Round, 17th overall pick, offensive tackle, Colorado

Ras-I Dowling: second round, 33rd overall pick, cornerback, Virginia

Shane Vereen: second round, 56th overall pick, running back, California

Stevan Ridley: third round, 73rd overall pick, running back, LSU

Ryan Mallett: third round, 74th overall pick, quarter back, Arkansas

Marcus Cannon: fifth round, 138th overall pick, offensive tackle, TCU

Lee Smith: fifth round, 159th overall pick, tight end, Marshall

Markell Carter: sixth round, 194th overall pick, defensive end, Central Arkansas

Malcolm Williams: seventh round, 219th overall pick, defensive back, TCU

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